Still reason to exercise caution

Published 7:53 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2018

As cleanup continues from Hurricane Florence, there are still a number of reasons to exercise caution. As you go about your routine of cleaning up your homes and property, heed the following tips for safe storm cleanup:

  • Avoid electrical hazards, such as down power lines. Always assume that lines on the ground are energized.
  • Avoid structurally damaged buildings until a professional assesses them.
  • Keep gas powered equipment such as generators, pressure washers and water pumps outside. Gas engines can emit carbon monoxide, which can be fatal if inhaled.
  • Wear proper attire — work gloves, safety glasses, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and steel-toed work boots can help protect you from injury. When operating a chainsaw, be sure to wear ear protection, a helmet and protective clothing.
  • When working in flood stricken areas, wear high-top rubber boots. These can help protect your feet from dangerous debris and other hazards.
  • Be on the look out for natural hazards such as snakes, fire ants and other dangerous insects. Venomous snakes may have been displaced during the storm, and may be agitated.
  • Practice good hygiene when working with structures or areas impacted by floodwaters, which can carry pathogens and other contaminants.
  • In homes and other structures that were underwater, be cautious of mold growing throughout that can cause severe health issues.
  • Work smart. Don’t over-exert yourself in a hurry to get everything done.

Remember, although the storm has passed, the need for safety remains. Taking these precautions can help ensure that your home is restored without a greater cost to your health and safety.